Hosea 7: Hope
In Hosea 7, we find out a little bit more of what went wrong for the people of Israel and why it seems as if God had left them.
Hos 7:13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.
Hos 7:14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me.
There is a bit of tragedy embedded in here. The people of Israel knew that things were not going right. I think about that in our society today. People realize that we are in a pretty bad situation. There are so many things that seem so obviously evil taking place in the world every day. Just like these people, we realize that we have to do something.
However, the people of Israel were running away from God. They were chasing down other rabbit trails hoping to find answers, but nothing was there. It was unsatisfactory, and they ended up wailing on their beds because nothing was changing. There is ultimately no hope when you go chasing these types of leads.
The only hope comes from God. There are many people in the world today who will accept any explanation as long as it does not come back to God. As long as it is not supernatural, we will take it as hope. As long as it is not something that requires me to commit to a relationship, we will take it as a possible explanation.
It is not wise to make the same mistake twice if you can help it. By looking at the people of Israel, it is obvious that running away from God did not work out well. Maybe we should learn from their example. Rather than run away from God in difficult times, we need to run to Him to find the hope that we desire.